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Waqar Younis resigns

Pakistan’s head coach Waqar Younis resigned on Monday weeks after his team’s humiliating exit from the ICC T20 World Cup in the group stages.

Waqar Younus

The 2009 champions had been widely blasted by fans following a lacklustre performance with just one victory against lowly ranked Bangladesh and big losses to India, New Zealand and Australia.

“I am resigning from my post today with a heavy heart,” he told reporters in Lahore.

Referring to a report written in the result of the World Twenty20 in India that was widely leaked in the Pakistani press, he added: “I want my recommendations to be realized. They were not acted on when I first made them in 2015.”

The 44-year-old took on the job for the second time in 2014, having previously held the post in 2010-11.

He made a formidable partnership with Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq to lift the team to number two in the Test rankings late last year, a spot they had previously attained in 2006.

The fast-bowling legend failed, however, to reverse Pakistan’s fortunes in the game’s shorter formats, with the team ranked a lowly seventh and eighth place in Twenty20 and one-day internationals respectively.

In his leaked report, Younis criticised the Pakistan Cricket Board’s decision to not give him a say in the selection process and blasted the captaincy of Shahid Afridi.

 

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